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Add Windows Vista to your existing wireless network

Summary

This article explains how to add Windows Vista to your existing wireless network. Part of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the Wireless Network Setup Wizard in Windows XP SP2 provides two methods for creating a wireless network: automated with a USB flash drive or manual. If you don't have a USB flash drive, the Wireless Network Setup Wizard can help you go through the steps needed for the manual setup.

More Information

You'll need a computer running Windows XP SP2 and a USB flash drive. To connect to a wireless network, follow these steps to start the Wireless Network Setup Wizard:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. If you are using the Category view of the Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, then click Wireless Network Setup Wizard (If you are using the Classic view of Control Panel, click Wireless Network Setup Wizard).
  3. Click Next to skip past the Welcome screen.
  4. Tell it to setup a new wireless network. Click Next.
  5. Enter the Same SSID (network name). Then click Manually Assign a network key. Click Next.
  6. Enter the same network key in both the "Network Key" and "Confirmation Key" fields, then click Next.
  7. You should by now have reached the "How do you want to setup your network screen?" page. You'll be given a choice to save it to a USB flash drive or manually configure the network settings. Click Use a USB flash drive, as shown below:



  8. Then click Next. Just continue to complete the network setup, and click Finish when you are done.

Add Windows Vista to your existing wireless network

The Wireless Wizard will create a new directory on your USB key called SMRTNTKY. You'll also see two other new files which you'll find an exectable file called setupSNK.exe and AUTORUN.INF. You can easily transfer your settings from Windows XP and add Windows Vista to your existing wireless network. Insert the USB flash drive into your computer running Vista, then run the setupSNK program.



Click Ok to add Windows Vista to the network.

Last Modified: 2015-04-26.